We believe that there are healthy practices that are true for all believers and vital to a healthy relationship and life focused on God.
We can split this into a couple of different areas of our lives:
These two sides are inseparable and naturally affect each other.
Just coming to church each week and going through the motions, does not equate to a deep intimate relationship with God. Likewise, someone who studies scripture without the accountability of others can easily develop an unbalanced system of beliefs or practices.
Here are the next steps we feel are vital on both the personal life and church life of every person.
GROW Groups at Rich Fork are a great way to engage with fellow believers and grow deeper in your walk with the Lord. Our group offerings are at various times on Sunday morning and throughout the week.
If you would like to get connected, you can either view our current groups or fill out our group interest form and our Discipleship Pastor, Andrew Ward, will help you find a group that works best for you!
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INTERESTED IN LEADING A GROUP?
We would love to hear more about you and your interest. Contact our Discipleship Pastor, Andrew Ward, to share your interest.
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Becoming a member of a church is a way that we identify with other people who have committed themselves living as a follower of Jesus. It is a way of saying, “This is who I am and this is what matters to me.” It is a commitment to a lifetime of learning and growing in our relationships with God and with one another.
Being a part of the church is a way we witness to our faith in God and open ourselves to relationships that only the Christian community can offer.
This is the reason that every Sunday, we invite persons who are not members of Rich Fork Baptist Church to make this community their church home.
If you are someone who is considering the possibility of becoming a member of Rich Fork Baptist Church, we hope that the following information will help you get a better sense of what is involved with joining our church.
How to Become a Member
Rich Fork 101 is our membership class. Just like any new relationship, it is always beneficial to learn as much as you can.
Rich Fork 101 is the place to learn about our church, what we believe, and areas to get involved with our efforts to share the Gospel. You can register for the next Rich Fork 101 class by visiting the events section of our website, or clicking the link below.
These classes happen about every other month and membership is not required after this class. If you are interested in just learning a little more about Rich Fork this class is a good place to start.
If you have any questions you can let us know!
Once you feel confident God is calling you to become a member at Rich Fork, the final step is to come forward at the end of the service to let one of our pastors know you are joining our church family.
As a new member of our family, we want to celebrate with you and introduce you to our congregation.
Don't worry, one of our pastors will do all the talking, but do expect a good amount of joy and excitement at we celebrate what God has done.
Unable to come down during the invitation? Let us know using the form below.
This is the core goal of the church, to bring others into a loving and personal relationship with God.
While Baptism is not a requirement for salvation, it is the first act of obedience and profession we are commanded to take once we become a believer.
If you are interested in following Jesus with your life or in being baptized you can contact one of our staff members with the information below.
A word used often in the Christian faith is the word relationships. First, and most importantly with God, and second our relationship with each other.
The local church is a group of believers who have come together to worship God and carry out the great commission. Just like all relationships, this works best when we clarify our relational intent. With God, we do that by profession our faith and following through with baptism. With the local church, we do that by becoming a member.
Matthew, who saw Jesus firsthand, wrote down what Jesus told his closest friends right after coming back to life and just before going up to heaven.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20)
These were some of the last things Jesus said before he left for heaven. He told his friends to tell everyone about him, baptize those who believed, and show them how to follow him.
In simple terms, Jesus wanted them to spread his message, and when people believed in him, they should get baptized in His name.
So, if Jesus wanted his followers to baptize new believers, we should understand what baptism means.
TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS. BAPTISM IS OUR FIRST STEP IN OBEDIENCE.
Baptism SYMBOLIZES your new life as a Christian.
Baptism is a PERSONAL and PUBLIC declaration of your allegiance to Jesus Christ.
Baptism is NOT a condition of salvation, it is EVIDENCE of salvation.
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